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Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) School Fire, December 1, 1958

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Paul Silvio
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
210 9 2/24/49 4 Boy
Sister Mary Seraphica Kelley, BVM
737 N Central Park 
Father: Victor Silvio
Mother: Concetta (Perrone) Silvio
Sister: Victoria Silvio
Grandparents: Paolo, and Paola Silvio, and Frank and Marian Perrone 
About Paul
Paul's paternal grandparents lived at 2050 N. Racine Ave. 
Interred: St. Joseph (River Grove, IL)
Memories of Paul
I was ten years old when Paul Silvio died in the fire. I lived next door to his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paulo Silvio. They were devastated. His grandmother's screams haunt me still.
    -- (Cindy Gibson, Friend)
Paul is my brother. There are none like him, nor will there ever be. He always made my family laugh -- he really enjoyed life. His life is carried on by memories passed down to his nieces, Teanna, Shanna and Tara. They love hearing about "Uncle Paulie", and get a kick out of the sibling stories I share with them. I miss my brother very much and know that one day we will be together, forever.
    -- (Vickie Silvio, Sister)
Uncle Paulie, although I never met you I feel as if I know you. I am also told by your sister, my Mom, that I look like you. We definitely have the same smile, which is what people notice about me. Its my best quality and I thank you for that. I recently got married and I knew you were there celebrating with all of us. You were there in faith and spirit. Please continue watching over us, especially my Mom, her love for you is like no other. Sincerely, your niece, Tara.
    -- (Tara, Niece)
I never met you but Vickie is my sister-in-law and I know how much she loves you. I have an older brother and I know how much she missed out by not being able to grow up with you. It was hard on your mom & dad, who I knew, and something parents never get over. I know you would love your 3 beautiful nieces as I do, and being that I never had any of my own children, I love them very much. I know you're an angel above looking over your sister and nieces and I am sure you are with your family and in heaven. I lost my dad 20 years ago this month and I lost my mom last year so I am sure you have met them by now. So, one day all of us will meet in Heaven and share our stories. I also attended Catholic grade school for 8 years and heard about what happened, even though I was born several years later, and always felt so sad for the children and their families. Love, Judie
    -- (Judie Hessing, Other Relative)
Dear Paul, I am your cousin and I think of you often. I remember one afternoon when I was visiting your house on Central Park, and you and I went outside to play, and the fun we had together.

I want to wish you a very Happy 65th Birthday. Love, Cousin Carol Ann Capolongo Gonka
    -- (Carol Ann Capolongo Gonka, Cousin)

Happy belated Birthday from your cousin.

Carol Ann Capolongo Gonka
    -- (Carol Ann Capolongo Gonka, Cousin)

Dear Paul

My husband Norbert Gonka is now in heaven - please take him under your wing. I know you two will like each other because he was sweet and kind like you.

Your Cousin
Carol Ann
    -- (Carol Ann Capolongo Gonka, Cousin)

I love you Paul thinking of you always. Love, Cousin Carol Ann
    -- (Carol Gonka, Cousin)
Happy 70th Birthday
    -- (Carolann Capolongo Gonka, Cousin)
Happy Birthday from cousin Carolann
    -- (Carol Gonka, Cousin)
I am thinking of you on the [62nd] anniversary of the fire. I love you Paul.
Cousin Carolann.
    -- (Carol Gonka, Cousin)
Dear Paul,
I want to wish you a Happy 72th Birthday.
    -- (Carol Gonka, Cousin)
I also lived next door to Paul's grandparents. I was 7 years old on the day of the awful fire but remember it clearly as I witnessed Paul's grandparents weeping and shaking. It scared me. The sight of Paola and Paulo Sivio crying is etched in my memory.
    -- (Nita Gibson Smith, Friend)